Children’s Concert Featuring Peter and the Wolf

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La Grande, Oregon…The annual Children’s Concert presented by the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Zeke Fetrow, will feature the musical story of Peter and the Wolf on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 1-2:30 pm in EOU’s McKenzie Theater in La Grande. The Children’s Concert is open to all student in grades 3 through 8 in schools and home schools in Baker, Union, and Wallowa counties.

The Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev wrote both the story and the music in 1936. The story takes place in a meadow near Peter’s house. The problem is that there is a hungry wolf trying to catch the animals to eat them. But young Peter has a plan to capture the Wolf to take him to the zoo which he and the other animals implement, with help from the hunters.

Peter and the Wolf features a narrator giving voice to the words while the orchestra plays it musically. Each of the characters has a theme played by a particular type of instrument of the orchestra. The characters and the instruments playing their themes are: bird – flute; duck – oboe; cat – clarinet; Grandfather – bassoon; Wolf – three French horns; the hunters – woodwinds and trumpet; the hunters’ gun shots by the timpani and bass drum. Peter is portrayed by the full string section including violin, viola, cello, and bass. The narrator for this production will be EOU biology professor, Dr. John Rinehart.

A new feature of this year’s Children’s Concert will be the “petting zoo” immediately following the concert. Each student attending the concert will have an opportunity to try their hand at playing a stringed instrument (pet) as there will be over 40 violins and cellos. Of course, we hope they’ll be intrigued enough that they will want to begin learning.

The GRSA and the orchestra are very excited that we have over 400 students and accompanying adults registered to attend the Children’s Concert and “petting zoo”. Xavier Romano, EOU Vice President for Student Services, will welcome the attendees. Each student will receive a booklet of information about the instruments of an orchestra and their sounds and much more. Each student will also get a special ticket that will allow the student and one adult to attend the evening’s full-length concert. Stories Through Music, at 7:30 pm in McKenzie Theater for only $5.00.

There is no charge to attend this concert. However, we do ask that anyone interested in attending pre-register as space is very limited. For further information please contact Patty Sandoz at 541-963-7595 or at

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